Think of a time, millions of years ago, when global warming was the norm. The current global warming debate is not the issue here. Yes, the world is probably warming, but the world was extremely warm for most of the earth’s existence. Should we unreasonably pollute, should we contribute? Definitely NO. But, having excavated fossils with paleontologist friends for 3 decades, I know that even Wyoming was very warm, even semitropical, for millions of years. We are currently leaving the last ice age, a period roughly 15,000 years ago, which saw vast glaciers extending into much of the lower 48 states. I am simply creating joyful art from a time when the earth was much warmer when large ice caps didn’t exist when shallow seas extended into much of what we now call the USA. What can I say? I like water and I’m an artist. My father, husband, and close friends are scientists. And we find a common ground in these works. Enjoy!
The mosaics are created on top of a plaster jacket used to transport dinosaur bones and other fossils home from the field site. A plaster jacket consists of putting down a layer of aluminum foil on top of the fossil to protect it, and then strips of burlap dipped in plaster, layered on top of each other and when hardened, shoveled or pried out of the ground and carried back to the truck to be transported back to the fossil preparator. The fossils that come out of them are in museums or private collections. All of the mosaics are made with hand made pottery. Nothing mass-produced here. It took millions of years, lots of hands, and many broken pots and tiles to create these mosaics.